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Migraine at Work Webcast:

Surviving to Thriving in the Workplace

Join host, Wendy Bohmfalk, as she talks with migraine advocates and experts about how to navigate migraine in the workplace. Discover practical tips and inspiring content to help you stay healthy, encouraged and employed.


Episode 1: Migraine at Work- Why Does it Matter?

Discover why migraine disease is a hidden drain on your company, and learn what you can do to relieve this burden.

Expert Guest: Paula Dumas, President and Co-Founder of the World Health Education Foundation

A 30+ year migraine warrior, wife, mother, corporate exec turned health advocate, Paula K. Dumas is co-founder of Migraine Again, serving as its CEO, Managing Editor and Chief Encouragement Officer. Her mission is to empower and encourage people with migraine to live their best life.

She champions patients’ needs as a Board Member of the American Migraine Foundation, leader of the Coalition for Migraine and Headache Patients (CHAMP), patient advocate for the International Headache Society (IHS) and co-author of CaMEO and My Migraine Voice research studies.

In addition to authoring over 300 articles on migraine health and wellness, Paula is the producer and co-host of the Migraine World Summit, the largest event of its kind bringing together 30+ world-class experts on migraine, headache, health and wellness. Paula is a frequent speaker at industry, health care and public policy events including the National Health Research Forum and Headache on the Hill in Washington, D.C. A top patient influencer, Paula has been nominated for a WEGO Health Advocate Award.

Paula is also the founder and CEO of the World Health Education Foundation, a 501c3, established to educate and empower people with disabling chronic health conditions in order to reduce the global burden on society. She is on the steering committee for Migraine at Work.

 


Episode 2: Accommodations Make a Difference

Accommodations for migraine in the workplace are effective, cost-efficient, and easy to incorporate. Uncover the most practical tools for migraine prevention within your workplace.

Expert Guest: Paula Dumas, President and Co-Founder of the World Health Education Foundation

A 30+ year migraine warrior, wife, mother, corporate exec turned health advocate, Paula K. Dumas is co-founder of Migraine Again, serving as its CEO, Managing Editor and Chief Encouragement Officer. Her mission is to empower and encourage people with migraine to live their best life.

She champions patients’ needs as a Board Member of the American Migraine Foundation, leader of the Coalition for Migraine and Headache Patients (CHAMP), patient advocate for the International Headache Society (IHS) and co-author of CaMEO and My Migraine Voice research studies.

In addition to authoring over 300 articles on migraine health and wellness, Paula is the producer and co-host of the Migraine World Summit, the largest event of its kind bringing together 30+ world-class experts on migraine, headache, health and wellness. Paula is a frequent speaker at industry, health care and public policy events including the National Health Research Forum and Headache on the Hill in Washington, D.C. A top patient influencer, Paula has been nominated for a WEGO Health Advocate Award.

Paula is also the founder and CEO of the World Health Education Foundation, a 501c3, established to educate and empower people with disabling chronic health conditions in order to reduce the global burden on society. She is on the steering committee for Migraine at Work.


Episode 3: Knowing Your Rights

Protect yourself from workplace discrimination by taking control and learning your legal rights in the workplace.

Expert Guest: Shruti Kulkarni, Principal Attorney at Sequel Legal/ Aimed Alliance

Ms. Kulkarni provides counsel to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. She offers insight on federal and state legal, legislative, regulatory, and enforcement matters. In this capacity, she has analyzed existing and proposed legislation, regulation, and policies; drafted legislative and regulatory language, testimony, and white papers; and educated state and federal legislators and policy makers.

Ms. Kulkarni has more than 10 years of experience in the health care industry, including working for pharmaceutical companies in government affairs and sales positions. Immediately prior to joining the firm, she completed a legal internship at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Policy in the Office of the Commissioner where she provided input on First Amendment-related matters; and worked on Food Safety Modernization Act’s Proposed Rule for Produce Safety.

Ms. Kulkarni obtained her Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law, where she served as a Writing Fellow, teaching first-year law students legal research, writing, and analysis. She also served on the school’s Moot Court Board and represented the school on the Moot Court Board’s National Team. She received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Saint Joseph’s University.

 


Episode 4: Embracing a Career Change

Discover how one executive took on the challenge of a career change after migraine disease derailed her original plan.

 

Expert Guest: Alicia Torborg, Executive Director for the Association of Migraine Disorders

Alicia joined the Association of Migraine Disorders in 2016 as the Executive Director, responsible for the strategic growth of the organization. While her background is in finance and project management, she discovered the non-profit world through her doctor that was treating her for migraine. Working with the migraine community and maintaining strong relationships among peers, donors, industry and media is where she thrives. Since Alicia has lived with migraine for most of her life, she is often sought after as a trusted source for providing patient perspectives and industry insights. Since joining the Association of Migraine Disorders, she has raised over a million dollars in sponsorships and grants. 

Prior to her current role, she worked for Fidelity Investments as the Director of Quality and Process Improvement. She held numerous leadership positions both locally and nationally serving as a Vice President at Key Bank and Nation’s Credit.

A New York native, Alicia now lives in Rhode Island and is a wife and proud mother of two adult children. When she’s not working, she enjoys all types of outdoor activities and has competed in several triathlons.


Episode 5: Caregiver in the Workplace

Migraine disease does not just affect one person- it can affect the entire family. Learn how Kris Schreck navigated her career while also being a caregiver for her son with chronic migraine. 

Expert Guest: Kristin Schreck- Co-founder, Senior Researcher of Schreck Marketing Consultants 

Kristin Schreck has spent her career conducting custom market research studies for clients across industries including healthcare, automotive, banking, home decor, and retail. After two decades in market research, Kris stepped back from corporate life in 2019 to focus on a child with chronic migraine which had become intractable. She and her husband, Andrew, co-founded Schreck Marketing Consultants, a marketing and communications firm offering a full range of strategy, market research, media relations, and digital marketing support. Kris proudly volunteers for the Migraine World Summit as a copywriter and researcher and is actively engaged with other organizations within the migraine disease space. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the country to hike through national parks and visit ballparks with her family. 


Episode 6: Charting A New Course – Cooking Up a New Career

Despite our best efforts, sometimes migraine disease can force us out of our career entirely. Discover how Alicia Wolf started over completely and paved an entirely new path due to vestibular migraine. 

Expert Guest: Alicia Wolf- Founder, The Dizzy Cook 

Alicia Wolf is the Owner of The Dizzy Cook, a diet and lifestyle website for anyone with migraine, and an Ambassador for the Vestibular Disorder Association. After struggling with chronic vestibular migraine, she realized there weren’t many upbeat resources for people following a migraine diet so she created thedizzycook.com. Her new cookbook The Dizzy Cook: Managing Migraine with More Than 90 Comforting Recipes and Lifestyle Tips is available almost everywhere books are sold. You can find her on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.


 

Episode 7: Is the Workplace Making You Sick?

Discover the most common triggers for migraine attacks in the workplace and how to mitigate their risks.

Expert Guest: Vincent Martin, MD- Director and Headache Specialist, University of Cincinnati Headache and Facial Pain Center

Dr. Vincent Martin is the leading authority on weather and migraine. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Martin completed a residency in internal medicine, followed by a fellowship in general internal medicine at UC. He is currently director of the Headache and Facial Pain Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, and has been professor of clinical medicine in the division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine since 2004. Dr. Martin is president of the Ohio Headache Association and the National Headache Foundation, and is also a fellow of the American Headache Society and the American College of Physicians.


Episode 8: Overcoming Challenges in the Workplace

Learn how migraine disease may affect us in the workplace and how we can best arm ourselves to fight back.

Expert Guest: Lindsay Videnieks, JD- Executive Director, Headache and Migraine Policy Forum  

Lindsay Videnieks, JD is Executive Director of the Headache and Migraine Policy Forum (HMPF), a diverse stakeholder coalition which brings together policy-minded partners that care about patient access. HMPF helped convene the migraine community to prepare comprehensive input during the ICER review of the first FDA-approved CGRP therapy and uses a campaign approach to help improve patient access to all therapeutic options on a state and federal level. She is a member of the bar in the State of Maryland and resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

News Articles

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Calling in Sick? Good Conversations about Migraine at Work

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Press Releases

May 8, 2019

Migraine at Work Launches Website, Announces 2019 Campaign to Educate Workplaces Across the Country

Washington, D.C. — Today, on behalf of the 39 million Americans living with migraine disease, partners across the country join together to officially launch the Migraine at Work campaign, a new project of the Headache and Migraine Policy Forum.